The feeling of being Kurd
The journey started from Duhok to Turkey, which lasted 18 hours by autobus heading towards Mersin. The journey was funded by the Kurdistan's Regional Government (KRG) for those student who were undergraduate (fourth year). Everyone was so excited about going on an exploratory journey to study the country and observe its culture and the way of living. The students were extra happy because it was their last year at the university. The journey was for all students and from different universities in Duhok.
Going to Turkey was something different. We had the opportunity to see and meet our Kurdish brothers and sisters. We could observe the differ- ence between both of us, we who live in Iraq and they from Turkey. During the journey, I met Furat who was working as an assistant, serving on the autobus. He was a very nice person. I adored his dialect when he was speaking Kurmanji with us. I felt like I was among my own people in Kurdistan of Iraq. He introduced me to many people and showed me the way of their living.
Whenever one goes to a different country, for sure a lot of things will be different: the language, the culture, the lifestyle, the way of dressing and behaving. In Turkey, there were so many things that were different but being among my people it was not that much different. The language is the same with little change of the dialect as well as the culture.
The journey was planned to last seven days. Each day was different from the other. One day was dedicated to going to the beach and the other day to going to a university to share their system of teaching and the way of giving lectures so as to compare them with our universities in Kurdistan. The remaining days were dedicated to going to the bazaars and tourists places.
Back to Furat, I asked him what was the difference between Kurds who live in Turkey and Kurds who live in Iraq and his response was: '' There is no difference between you and us, both of us are Kurds and the only difference is the country. '' Then I asked him what he was thinking of Kurdistan and he replied: ''I hope one day the Great Kurdistan can be an independent state so that all Kurds can live together in peace." The feeling of heading back to the Iraqi Kurdistan was so sad for me and Furat. He was crying for our departure because all of us loved him and he loved us. Furat said that he has been working in this position for six years and he had not met any likable group like us who he liked so much.